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Hyndman is a Scottish surname.


The surname Hyndman has two origins. First, it may be an occupational surname, either from hind ("farm labourer") + man, or a variant of hireman. Second, it may have originated from a nickname, possibly hende ("courteous") + man. Variant spellings include Hindman. Early records of bearers of the surname include a Hector Hyndman of Renfewshire in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland for 1553.[1] The Scottish Register of Tartans lists three tartans for families named Hyndman. Two are restricted tartans: one for the family of Captain Henry Hyndman (1785–1849) with roots in Macau and Hong Kong; the other for the family of Daniel Hyndman in Edinburgh and Ontario.[2][3] The third, created for C. P. Hyndman (stated to be "the first Hyndman to record arms in the Lyon Register since 1672"), has a design chosen to reflect his family's association with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the town of Paisley, and by C. P. Hyndman's wishes is available for all bearers of the surname born in Northern Ireland.[4]


The 1881 United Kingdom census found 338 bearers of the surname Hyndman, primarily in the west of Scotland. Statistics compiled by Patrick Hanks on the basis of the 2011 United Kingdom census and 2011 Ireland census showed 718 bearers of the surname on the island of Great Britain and 367 on the island of Ireland.[1] In the United States, the 2010 Census found 1,054 people with the surname Hyndman, making it the 23,943rd-most-common surname in the country. This represented an increase from 1,038 (22,999th-most-common) in the 2000 Census. In both censuses, roughly nine-tenths of people with this surname identified as non-Hispanic White, and roughly six percent as non-Hispanic Black or African American.[5]



  1. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Coates, Richard; McClure, Peter, eds. (2016). The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford University Press. p. 1369. ISBN 9780192527479.
  2. ^ "Tartan Details - Hyndman". Scottish Register of Tartans. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Tartan Details - Hyndman". Scottish Register of Tartans. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Tartan Details - Hyndman". Scottish Register of Tartans. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  5. ^ "How common is your last name?". Newsday. Retrieved 30 May 2020.